OUR MISSION

Training recreational students, pre-professional dancers and teachers while fostering a love of dance.

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ELAINE SEIDMAN

Artistic Director

Elaine began her dance training in the area with The National Ballet, where she grew up dancing many full-length ballets as well as many original contemporary ballets. She majored in dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Drama from The Catholic University. After dancing professionally and teaching in New York City and the surrounding area, Elaine returned to the Washington/Baltimore area where she has been teaching locally for the past 20 years and is still dancing professionally.

As a Fellow Member of the CCA, Elaine holds the coveted Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and is able to present both teachers and students through all levels of the Cecchetti Method. She is a proud recipient of the Sylvia Hamer/Margaret Marsh Scholarship allowing her to study the method in England.

Elaine’s students have been accepted at some of the best dance universities in the world including NYU, SUNY Purchase, North Carolina School for the Arts, Julliard, the Laban Institute in London and the Kate Simmons College in Manchester England. Her students have been awarded college scholarships, the Tremaine Convention Performing Arts Scholarship and scholarships to attend international summer programs.

Also an award-winning choreographer, her ballet and contemporary/lyrical dances have been overall winners and have received best choreography and best overall technique awards.

Elaine teaches all levels and ages and enjoys sharing the love of ballet and the magic of the art with her students.

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DIANE ROBERTSON

Business Director 

Originally from Canada, Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  She moved to the United States with her husband and completed her Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  She is a partner at Elite Physical Therapy where she treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions.  Her love of the arts combined with her study of the science of movement brought her into partnership with Elaine Seidman at Turning Pointe Dance Academy.

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BLAIR D'AMICO

Faculty

Blair D’Amico started dancing at age 3, developing a serious interest in the dance world, she took up every opportunity to learn all she could, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and tap at various local dance studios. Finding a natural understanding of the Cecchetti method, she trained with Elaine Seidman, passing the Advanced syllabus exam. Appearing in countless productions of The Nutcracker and studio dance recitals with the National Ballet , Blair competed in regional dance competitions until graduating high school in 2007.

After attending the Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland, Michigan, Blair was invited to train at KS Dance Ltd., a professional vocational school in Greater Manchester, England directed by Kate Simmons. Continuing her training in the Cecchetti method, Blair honed her technique and developed as an artist. She toured and performed with the school’s company every year, working up through the ranks from corps to principal dancer. She was awarded the Best All Round Dancer Award at the Annual Choreography and Prize-Giving Ceremony, and received dancing and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti ballet and Spanish dance. She graduated from KS Dance Ltd with a Trinity College National Diploma in Professional Dance. Blair has danced roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle as well as Gamzatti Variation at Discover Ballet! with the Baltimore Ballet. She later joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia as an apprentice and was promoted to company member the following season. Her favorite roles have included The Evil Queen in Christopher Fleming’s Snow White, Too Big and Too Bold in Jenn Rose’s The Missing Piece, and Second Couple in Adrianna de Svatich’s Dyadic Dances. Since January 2016 she has been a part of the Polaris Dance Company in Portland, Oregon where she explored more modern based choreography and studied the Horton technique. Her favorite being a piece Robert Guitron's, Artistic Director, choreographed to Keb'mo's Every Morning. 

Blair is an integral part of the management of the TPDA Competition Teams and Ballet Conservatory. 

MAGGIE LOCKHART

Faculty

Maggie is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator.  She proudly holds Cecchetti certificates through the Professional Advanced level as a dancer and the Professional Intermediate level as a teacher.   In addition to serving as Secretary on the Board of the Cecchetti Council Of America - East Coast Committee, she is also a recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship to study the method in Michigan. While on scholarship at Goucher College, Maggie received her BA in both Modern and Ballet Performance and Elementary Education, danced with The National Ballet, taught with Clancyworks Dance Company's out-reach program, studied contemporary dance at The Universidad Federal do Rio De Janeiro (Brasil), and wrote dance curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system.  

 

Upon graduating from Goucher, Maggie relocated to NYC where she turned her focus towards modern dance performance and arts advocacy. Along the way she happily taught for numerous NYC organizations including The School at Steps (children's division of Steps On Broadway), Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, and The Hudson Guild. From art gallery rooftops to subway platforms, from floating cabaret spaces to the historic and hugely significant Judson Street Church, Maggie performed across NYC with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions and Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, among others.  Off the stage she held administrative positions with Doug Varone and Dancers (Marketing, Development), DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation (Studio Operations), and Steps On Broadway (Marketing). She also served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City. 

Since returning to Maryland in 2013 she has taught at Turning Pointe Dance Academy in Hanover and Dance Expressions in Upper Marlboro.  She has also had the pleasure to teach for ClancyWorks Dance Company in Silver Spring, MD and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Not one to be slowed down by a hip replacement in 2019, She dances with Sylvidances, based in Washington, D.C.  and BlueShift Dance Company based in Baltimore, MD.  She has also performed with popular Baltimore based band, Vinny Vegas, for their album release tour in Baltimore and DC. 

 

She spearheads the Modern Dance Curriculum and Dance With Me program at Turning Pointe.  

SYDNEY PEARSON

Faculty

Sydney began dancing at the age of 3. She trained at various studios including the Washington School of Ballet where she continued to study Vaganova technique. During high school she began to study at Spotlight Studio of Dance where she performed in numerous dance competitions with a focus on jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Sydney continued her dance education at University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a BA in Dance. She most recently earned her Maryland State Teaching Certification in Dance Education for K-12 from Towson University.

ALINA SAGE

Faculty

Born and raised in Maryland, Alina Sage started her training with The National Ballet Company of Maryland, learning Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet, pointe, and Russian folk dance. She holds her Grade 5 Cecchetti syllabus (CCA) certificate as a dancer, and has performed in full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty. Alina earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, expanding her education beyond dance training to choreography and dance tech production. Alina is currently earning her Elementary certificate in Montessori Education, and enjoys teaching her love of dance and creative expression to all ages. 

ROSE SEIDMAN

Faculty

Rose Seidman is a recent graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. She has also had the privilege of studying at London Contemporary Dance School as well as Adelphi University where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A in dance. She has trained with members of Netherlands Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, And Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has performed on Good Morning America as well as with various companies such as The National Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and Central Maryland Youth Ballet. Rose has also received a total of eight regional titles from competitions.

Rose is a major choreographic contributor to the Competition Team. 

LEA VALENTINE

Faculty

Born and raised in Maryland, Lea Valentine began her dance training at the age of 5. She competed around the country performing dance styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. In between competitions, Ms. Valentine worked with a dance agency called the Capitol Movement Project in Washington D.C. where she performed in different locations around the city. Ms. Valentine also attended classes at Alvin Ailey in the summer of 2011 and was chosen to perform a modern Horton style dance piece for the public. After being accepted into the University of Maryland in 2012, she joined UMD Dance Team. Ms. Valentine danced at basketball games, football games, and events throughout the campus. After her departure from the team in 2014, she started working as a choreographer at different studios in Maryland while obtaining her degree in Kinesiology. 

CLARISSA WARREN

Faculty

Clarissa trained at Texas Ballet Theater in the school and the Professional Training Division until age 18. She performed with the school and the company in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Peter and the Wolf. Several of her choreographed works for the school went on to be presented at Dallas Annual Dance Planet and Choreographing for a Cause. After graduating, she joined Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio for two years as a Trainee where she performed and toured with the company as well as the school. Some of these ballets included the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, several mixed repertoire performances, and pieces for Ohio State University as a part of an MFA project. After two years in Ohio, she moved to the DMV to dance with Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia where she performed in several productions including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Swan Lake, Colin: Son, Marine, Hero, La Boutique Fantasque and mixed repertoire, in both the corps de ballet and title roles. In 2018 she shifted her focus to teaching, choreographing, and accompanying ballet classes on the piano with studios around the DMV. She and her husband welcomed their first child in February of 2021.